Start The New Year At Fairyhouse Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, 8 runners)
- Winner €10,006 2nd €2,320 3rd €1,015 4th €580
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 24.60s
- Off time: 14:01:23
|1st||9 Speed Dial||5/2f|
|3rd||4 Sands Cove||hd||8/1|
Dul Ar An Ol (IRE) 44
|12||164 11-10||J C McConnell||M J Bolger (3)||123||14/1|
Acriveen (IRE) 31
|11||159 11-5||J A Berry||A F O'Neill (7)||118||3/1|
Sands Cove (IRE) 52
|6||156 11-2||C F Swan||D J Casey||115||8/1|
Authinger (IRE) 141
|5||155 11-1||A L T Moore||M P Walsh||116||5/1|
Total Reality (IRE) 20
|6||154 11-0 p||D Cullen||P Carberry||113||9/2|
Ozeta (FR) 31
|5||152 10-12||N Madden||N P Madden||113||14/1|
Mark Me Up 33
|8||143 10-3 t||P J Rothwell||B J Cooper||102||12/1|
Speed Dial 6
|8||141 10-1||P Hughes||T C Carroll (5)||100||5/2f|
||7||113||A J Martin||R C Colgan||116||NR|
Miriam's Dream, who won a maiden at Roscommon in October, was engaged in the 2.35 at Punchestown yesterday. Speed Dial completed a double here and at Wexford but has climbed the ratings as a consequence and couldn't complete the hat-trick at Down Royal. He's still likely to get competitive here along with Acriveen, though she's another whose hat-trick attempt was thwarted by an elevated handicap mark. OZETA doesn't look an obvious candidate having pulled up on her two latest starts but she's better than that having won a Listed race at Auteuil and scoring for Nicky Henderson at Taunton. She can't get much lower in the weights and can surprise more fancied rivals.
Miriam's Dream (IRE) 9-4 (11-4) Mid-division, 8th before halfway, progress 3 out, challenged and clear of remainder from before last, edged ahead near finish, won at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl hvy in Oct beating Minella Reception (11-12) by hd, 15 ran.
Speed Dial 3-1 (11-9) Settled towards rear, some headway approaching straight, 6th 2 out, moderate 4th before last, kept on run-in without troubling leaders, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Court Jester (10-4) at Down Royal 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec.
Acriveen (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 7th 3 out, ridden into 5th 2 out, 3rd last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 14, 2 3/4l behind King Of Queens (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Sands Cove (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Led early, headed 3rd but remained prominent until ridden and lost place entering straight, no extra, 8th of 9, 28l behind Worldor (11-1) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Nov.
Mark Me Up 33-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Marito (11-12) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Total Reality (IRE) 25-1 (11-6) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 9th of 13, well behind His Excellency (10-9) at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs gd in May.
Dul Ar An Ol (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up, 6th halfway, ridden 2 out, soon no impression, 6th of 9, 32l behind Beef To The Heels (10-10) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 hvy in Nov.
Authinger (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Held up, 7th halfway, headway into 3rd after 2 out, ridden and weakened home bend, 7th of 8, 33l behind Whatever It Takes (10-5) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo hcp hdl in Aug.
Ozeta (FR) 20-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Bog Warrior (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Dec, 18 ran.